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The Event: Season 1 (2010-2011)



Critic Consensus: The Event has an intriguing premise with a tantalizing story, but the chance for the show to lose focus is high.


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The first season of the mystery-laden series "The Event" follows an ordinary man whose personal investigation into his girlfriend's disappearance leads him to uncover a conspiracy of untold dimensions, inadvertently affecting the newly elected U.S. president, the leader of a group of mysterious detainees and the detainee leader's father.


Jason Ritter
as Sean Walker
Blair Underwood
as President Elias Martinez
Laura Innes
as Sophia Maguire
Sarah Roemer
as Leila Buchanan
Zeljko Ivanek
as Blake Sterling
Lisa Vidal
as Christina Martinez
Scott Patterson
as Michael Buchanan
Taylor Cole
as Vicky Roberts
Bill Smitrovich
as Vice President Raymond Jarvis
Jason Ritter
as Sean Walker
Hal Holbrook
as Dempsey
Roger Bart
as Chief of Staff
Virginia Madsen
as Catherine Lewis
Gabrielle Carteris
as Diane Geller
Sayeed Shahidi
as David Martinez
Dondre Whitfield
as Agent Mike Garret
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Critic Reviews for The Event: Season 1

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (13)

The Event is such a blur of shadowy operatives, dubious motives, cryptic dialogue and mystifying time shifts that by the end, many viewers may be not so much curious as simply confused.

September 20, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Do you really want to go through that Heroes thing again?

September 20, 2010 | Full Review…

The "Event'' premiere operates like a well-oiled machine.

September 20, 2010 | Full Review…

The Event, shrouded in mystery by necessity, is one of those shows-a whodunit spun into a big whatsit built to keep the audience scratching for answers, solving for X-files.

September 20, 2010 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Lots of eye candy, mystery, intrigue, questions, and superlative production values.

September 20, 2010 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

"The Event" is no show -- it's filler loud, explosive filler material that tries to convince you its interesting by stealing something from a sci-fi novel and insisting that it is. It's not.

June 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Event: Season 1


Though short-lived, NBC's sci-fi series The Event delivered a thrilling and action-packed adventure. The show follows several characters whose stories intertwine as a terrorist name Thomas attempts to force the President to free a group of detainees from another world who are being held at a secret U.S. prison. The storytelling is a bit problematic with time jumps and switches to seemingly unrelated character stories. But by mid-season this is tightened up and becomes more fluid and engaging. The show also does an impressive job at creating interesting characters that have some ambiguity, and switch between hero and villain as the season unfolds. Still, there are a number of failed subplot and mysteries that are never answered or don't add much to the overall story arc. While it was problematic at times, The Event ultimately proved to be an exciting and compelling series worthy of more than the one season it got.


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